Opinions divided over Holyhead holiday homes


Tomos Hughes

A PLAN to create a new holiday village on the outskirts of Holyhead has divided opinion among community leaders.

Developers Land and Lakes are to put forward plans to build a holiday home village on Penrhos Nature Reserve tomorrow, which they say could create up to 600 jobs.

The company has been conducting extnesive research and consultation since January, and have now submitted their official plan to Anglesey County Council planning department, despite opposition from protest groups.

The plans, which will now be decided upon by the council, have also split opinion among councillors in the town.

Holyhead Town clerk Cllr Cliff Everett said: "I'm supporting the development. It's important because it will bring jobs to the area

"It creates Anglesey and Holyhead as a destination. It will bring visitors to the area, and hopefully they will spend money here.

“What would be a good idea for the local people is if the developers can bring a land train, to bring a shuttle from Penrhos, up to the maritime museum on Newry Beach, to the Breakwater Country Park and back.

“It would provide a service for the local people and benefit everyone.

Anglesey Cllr Robert Llywelyn Jones said: “We will need to have more discussions on this. We need to make sure the local people have their input.

“I can’t see how more houses can create 600 jobs. Of course we need jobs, but will they disappear after a year or two? I’m not sure.

“I just want to make sure that the local people, and this beautiful island of ours is looked after first.”

Richard Sidi, Chief Executive of Land and Lakes Ltd, said: “We firmly believe that our application reflects these priorities whilst creating a viable, sustainable development for the future.

“We are also delighted that we have complementary proposals from Lateral Power Ltd for the Anglesey Aluminium Metal core site and the recent news of Hitachi’s agreed purchase of Horizon Nuclear Power.

“The future is looking good for Anglesey and we are excited that we may be playing a part in driving its tourist industry into the 21st Century.”

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